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CONNOLLY QUARTER

Facts

Master planning of a new city-centre mixed-use urban quarter around a network of new streets and public spaces adjacent to a major transportation interchange

Uses comprise apartments and live-work units, crèche, offices over retail and restaurant uses, a hotel, leisure facilities and museum

Site area
3.216 ha (7.94 acres)

Gross floor area
81,000 m² (866,000 ft²)

Residential units
106

Density
25,353 m²/ha (109,000 ft²/acre)



Features

Reddy A + U collaborated with two other architectural practices on the creation of a new urban quarter with a variety of character areas within Dublin city centre.  The scheme introduces a broad mix of uses, currently lacking in the immediate vicinity, to facilitate a self-sustaining local community.

New streets were created that stitch into and enhance the existing urban fabric. A new urban square was designed to act as the focal point to the quarter. This square has a continuous frontage of ground level retail and restaurant uses.

Historic buildings were integrated into the plans to balance new and old to strengthen the identity of the quarter. Bold but simple new forms complement the existing monumental masonry vaults and granite boundary walls. Sensitive interventions within the boundary walls created gateways into the new quarter, where natural indigenous materials were used to keep the project relative to its immediate context.

Private landscaped spaces provide intimate and sheltered areas for residents while car parking and service access routes located below ground enhance the quality of the public realm for pedestrians.

Throughout the project there was close negotiation with the client and planning authorities to accommodate ongoing operations of the rail provider.


 


Connolly Quarter, Dublin City Centre